Week of Feb 11
Now-Feb 28...Food drive at Feeny of Gaylord. Drop off non-perishable food items Mon-Fri 8:30-6p, Sat. 9a-3pm. Donations benefit the Johannesburg Lewiston Giving Tree Pantry.
Feb 14, 21 & 28…Picnic at the Opera noon-1pm-Traverse City Opera House. Free admission. A hour with seven live guest performances. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch. Info: cityoperahouse.org
Feb 15...Rock the Shop – 6:30pm-Midnight at The Workshop Brewing Company-Traverse City ( on Garland St. Warehouse District). Proceeds benefit Veterans Housing USA – making affordable housing available for veterans
Free admission, silent/live auction, live music, portion of the food and drink will be donated as well. Info: 231-421-8977
Feb 15-18…Petoskey Winter Carnival. Annual celebration of winter recreation and festivities. Wine & Dine, Chocoholic Frolic, ghost walk, ice carving, scavenger hunt, hockey games, speed skating demos, curling tournaments, sledding, ice skating, cook-out and more! Info: petoskeydowntown.com
Feb 15…Arts for All Sweetheart Dance 6:30-8:30pm at the Elks Lodge-Traverse City. $5 Admission Teens and Adults (16+) Volunteers always needed! A4A will provide staff support, but cannot provide any personal care or transportation. Dances are designed to be accessible for all abilities and needs, and are open to all! Contact email@example.com for more information.
Feb 15…Mardi Gras Soiree 4-7pm at the French Quarter New Orleans Bistro-Charlevoix. Happy hour, buffet dinner, live music. $50. Benefits the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Info: 231-547-0982 or charlevoixpool.org
Feb 15-18…Snowsfest – Hessel. Fishing Contest, chili cook-off, poker run, craft show, hay rides, kids games, pub shuffle and more! Info: lescheneaux.net
Feb 16…Baked Ham Dinner 5-7pm at the Norwich Town Hall-Morrestown. Free will offering. Take out available. Proceeds support food pantry missions. Info: 231-229-8563
Feb 16…Rock Out For Rescue 6-9pm at Stafford’s Perry Hotel-Petoskey. Dueling pianos, food, drink, silent auction, dancing andr more. $50. Proceeds benefit the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.
Register by Feb 16 for Student of the year bowling night 5-7pm at the Gaylord Bowling Center. $20 person, 12 & under $10. Team of 5 $80. Shoes are included. 50/50 raffle & silent auction. Proceeds support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Info: 313-768-6457
Feb 16-18…Drummond Island Slush Fest 2018 at Yacht Haven. Events include: Dog Sled Rides, Polar Plunges & After Splash Bash, Poker Rally, Chili Cook-off, Fire Dept. Rescue Demos, Beard Contest, Sledding Hill for the kids, Food & Beer Tent, Cardboard Sled Races (located @ the Northwood Bar & Restaurant), & 2nd Annual Lynn Dyal Fishing Tournament. Info: www.visitdrummondisland.com
Feb 16-18…U.P. Pond Hockey Championship- Moran Bay, St. Ignace. The largest adult pond hockey tourney in Michigan! Meet-n-Greet with Detroit Red Wings Alumni on Thursday night and enjoy a Detroit Red Wings alumni team exhibition game on Friday night. Includes The Best Team Beard Contest, Yooper Ice Tennis Tournament Doubles, snowmobile exhibit and more! Info: saintignace.org
Feb 17…Cheboygan Polar Plunge at Hoppies Tavern on Burt Lake. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Michigan. Registration at 11, costume parade at 12:30, plunge at 1pm.
Feb 17…Clyde’s Ride 10-6pm starting at Crash Landing in Pellston, ends at Clyde’s Place at 6pm, where you can enjoy a steak and shrimp dinner with all the fixings. $16 a plate. Proceeds go to the Harbor Springs Snowmobile club for trail grooming. 50/50 raffle, silent auction. Info: 231-420-1941
Feb 17…Benefit Dinner for Jase Amesbury 2-8pm at the Eagle’s lodge FOE 153-Boyne City. Spaghetti dinner, desserts and silent auction. $5 person/$20 family. 3 year old Jase is suffering from flu complications and is in ICU.
Feb 17…Winterlochen 10am at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Activities include snow painting, snow treasure hunt, frozen fish toss, performances, workshops and more! Free. Info: interlochen.org
Feb 17…Walk 4 Warmth 9am at Cheboygan FOE. Walk for Warmth is a two-mile walk through the streets of downtown Cheboygan. Help your neighbors in Cheboygan County stay warm this winter by raising funds to assist those struggling to keep their utilities turned on. Prizes will be awarded to those individuals and teams that raise the most money, plus there will be door prize drawings throughout the morning. Info: cheboygancountyunitedway.org
Feb 17…10th Annual Camp Petosega 5K Snowshoe Challeng/Keith Henning Memorial Race. Registration 8am, race time 10am. Prizes & refreshments. Camp Petosega-Alanson. $25 registration. Open to ages 16+. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Feb 17…Cheboygan Little League Spaghetti Dinner 4-6pm at Cheboygan Intermediate School. $5 person/$15 family. Info: cheboygan.com
Feb 17…Gaylord Area Council for the Arts “Sweetheart Swing Big Band Dance” 6-10pm at the Otsego Club Convention Center. $15 adv/$20 at the door. Info: gaylordarts.org
Feb 17…Glen Lake Winterfest & Chili Cook-off. Fishing contest begins at 7am, all ages welcome. $20 entry fee. Chili Cookoff at noon at Boonedocks, admission $10 person, $5 seniors over 70 & kids 12 & under. Proceeds benefit Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Feb 17…Charlevoix Elks Lodge #2856 Annual Wild Game Dinner 6-9pm. Open to the public. Includes dinner, silent auction, raffles and live music. $10 admiaaion, bring wild game to share or side dish. Info: 231-330-6971
Feb 17…Fire & Ice Festival 10a-5pm at Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs. Giant bonfire, cross country ski dash, snowshoe dash, cardboard sled challenge, frozen pumpkin bowling and more! Info: pondhill.com
Feb 17-18…Michigan Free Fishing Weekend!
Week of Feb 18
Feb 18…Mackinaw City Bridal Show noon-3pm at Audie’s Restaurant. Free admission. Info: 231-436-5744
Feb 18…8th Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner 4-8pm at Alden Bar & Grille. Dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Cash bar. $12 adults, $5 kids 5-12, 4 & under free. Benefits AC Paws. Info: acpaw.org
Feb 18…9th Annual Have a Heart Valentines Benefit Noon-9pm at the Emmet County Community Center-Petoskey. Enjoy local music & entertainment, food, drinks, silent auction and more! $15 admission, 12 & under free. Proceeds benefit the Brother Dan Food Pantry. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Feb 18…Cheboygan Eagles 8 Ball Pool Tournament 2pm, $5 entry fee, singles, double elimination, open to the public. Info: 627-2213
Feb 18…Annual Chili Cook Off noon-3pm at Birchwood Country Club-Harbor Springs. Guests are encouraged to bring a food or paper item to benefit the Harbor Springs Food Pantry. $12 admission, includes unlimited samples. Info: visitharborspringsmichigan.com
Feb 20-March 27…Diabetes Management Class 1:30-4pm at the Cheboygan Library. Learn t o keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Classes include diabetes friendly snacks, healthy meal planning tips, managing stress & emotions and more. Free. Class is every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Info: 231-627-7118
Feb 20…2018 Rivals Rally Girls Basketball Game 6-9pm at Johannesburg-Lewiston High School. The game is between the Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals and the St. Mary Cathedral Snowbirds. Proceed benefit the OMH Oncology & Infusion Center. Tickets $5. Info: gaylordchamber.com
Feb 20…Relay for Life Top of the Mitt Kickoff 6pm at Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. Get info for this year’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Info: 231-445-2471
Feb 21…Breanna’s Ride presents “Not Alone”, a film about teen depression & suicide, 7-10pm at Boyne Highlands Day Lodge-Harbor Springs. The event consists of the 50-minute documentary, along with speakers Wayne McPhall (from Breanna’s Ride), Derek Johnson (Counseling & Outpatient Psychiatric Services) and other professionals. Free admission, parents & teens encouraged.
Feb 22…February Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting, appetizers, music. $15 adv./$20 day of. Info: crookedtree.org
Feb 22…Soup Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. Come enjoy homemade soups, casseroles, bread, desserts & beverages. $9 for adults Kids 12 and under $5. Take outs available. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Country Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221
Feb 23, March 2,9,16 & 23…All you can eat Cod Fish Dinners 4-7pm at St. Paul Church Hall-Onaway. $10 adults, $9 seniors, 6-12 $6.50. Carry outs available. 50/50 raffle. Also March 30th from 5-8pm. Info: 989-733-2250
Feb 23-25…Pink Weekend at Boyne Highlands, a weekend of community support for breast cancer awareness and fundraising for McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. Chinese & silent auctions, photo booth, rail jam, and more. Info: boyne.com
Feb 24…14th Annual Cheboygan County Firefighters Association Dinner, Dance & Auction. 4:30 cocktails, 5:30 dinner, 7pm live & silent auction, 8pm live music. $25. Proceeds go for training & equipment. Info: 231-627-4340
Feb 24…5th Annual Grand Traverse Guns n Hoses Hockey Game 6pm at Centre Ice Arena-Traverse City. Doors open at 6:00pm with a Silent Auction on the upper level. Pre-game introductions will begin at 6:30 with players, honor guard, introduction of family. Puck will drop on the action at 7:00pm. Beyond the Silent Auction with many many great items, there will be a chuck a puck event, 50/50 raffle, Center Ice Shootout contest, merchandise, food, and more! Info: gtgunsnhoses.com
Feb 24…Live Music Fundraiser for Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums 7-10:30pm at the Elks Lodge-Traverse City. Featuring the Celtic Fire Highland Dancers. $15 adv/$20 door, ages 10-4 $10, 3 & under free. Info: grandtraversepipesanddrums.org
Feb 24…Clyde’s Place 8th Annual Winter Coed Softball Tournament on Ice. $150 per team, deadline to register Feb 17 for first 14 team, late registration thru Feb 21st with additional $25 fee. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Crusaders. Info: 231-537-2336
Feb 24…Sips, Soups & Shoes Fire Relief Fundraiser 1-4pm at the Village at GT Commons-Traverse City. Benefits Bay Area Recycling for Charities. $45 for beer & wine & soup pairing; $30 for beer OR wine & soup pairing; $20 for root beer & soup pairing. Kids 10 & under are free. Bring your own snowshoes. Suttons Bay Bike Shop will be onsite with a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to rent for a $5 suggested donation. Info: thevillagetc.com
Feb 24…Rogers City PTO Daddy Daughter Dance 6-8pm at the elementary school gym. $5 per couple, pictures available for $2 ea. Info: rogerscityareachamber.com
Feb 24-25…Women’s Resource Center Fine Art Show 10-5p at the WRC Thrift Store-Traverse Ciyt. Featuring local artistes and curated works at below market prices. Proceeds benefit the WRC. Info: 231-668-2966
Week of Feb 25
Feb 25…10th Annual Great Indoor Folk Festival noon-5:30pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Free. Live music on several stages. Info: thevillagetc.com
Feb 25-March 3…Traverse City Restaurant Week. Restaurants will offer three course meals during the week-long event. Prices range from $25 - $35 per person. Info: traversecity.com
Feb 28…Free Community CPR training 8a-10a at Otsego County Sportsplex-Gaylord. The course is educational only and will not include a certification. Topics covered include adult chest compression, child chest compression and rescue breathing, infant chest compression and rescue breathing, and choking rescue for all ages. Each demonstration will take approximately 15 minutes. Info: 800-248-6777
March 1…12th Annual NMC Career & Employment Fair 4pm at the Hagerty Center-Traverse City. More than 80 employers on site looking to fill over 200 positions, come prepared to talk about jobs and internships. Bring resumes, dress to impress. Info: nmc.edu
March 2…Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice 2-4pm downtown Bellaire. Over 3000 pounds of ice will be transformed into sculptures, plus a sweet treat bake off (limited tickets will be sold at $5 ea.) Info: bellairechamber.com
March 2 & 3…”Trailer Park Tragedy” Murder Mystery Dinner at the Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. $25 person, benefits the Rivertown Follies. Call to reserve your spot 231-627-8161
March 2-11…Harbor Springs Restaurant Week. This is your chance to experience the culinary delights of the Harbor Springs area at an affordable price. Info: harborspringschamber.com
March 3…Mackinac Island Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30-7:30pm. A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island's natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approximately two miles long. This is a free event. Info: mackinacparks.com
March 10…6th Annual Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race noon-2p at Mt. McSauba Recreation Area-Charlevoix. The course is spectator friendly. There will be a fire pit, s’mores and more! Info: charlevoix.org
March 10…”Power of the Purse” 9:30a-noon at the City Opera House, Traverse City. $35 person, benefit the Goodwill Inn. Learn about the impact Goodwill Inn has on the community, enjoy brunch, live music, silent auction, cash bar and more. Info: goodwillnmi.org
March 10…Traverse City Figure Skating Club presents “The Lion King on Ice” 11:30a & 4:30p at Centre Ice-Traverse City. Info: gofiguretc.org
March 10…Snowshoe Hike at Sturgeon Preserve 10-11am-Vanderbilt. Whether it is your first time on snowshoes or your 20th, this is a beautiful easy trail with a lot to see. FREE snowshoes to anyone who calls and reserves. 989-731-0573.
March 14…Business After Hours 5-7pm at the Otsego Club-Gaylord. $5 members, $10 non-members. Info: gaylordchamber.com
March 16-18…Gaylord Boat Show at Ellison Place. Fri 3-8p, Sat 10-8p, Sun 10-4p. Adults $7, Kids 4-12 $2, 3 & under free. Info: gaylordboatshow.com
March 17…64th Annual Sportsman/St. Patrick Dinner at the Cheboygan Knights of Columbus Hall. Features prime rib, corned beef & cabbage and baked fish. $35 in advance only. Info: 231-420-8153
March 17…3rd Annual Nautical Frost 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Rogers City High School and Middle School Track Teams. Registration 10a, run 11am at the Rogers City Pavilion. Info: rogerscityareachamber.com
March 17…12th Annual Rock n Roll Dance Party 7-midnight at the Rogers City Servicemen’s Club. $5 donation in advance. Prizes, snacks, live & silent auction, live music and more. Proceeds benefit Friends Together. Info: 989-734-4130
March 22…March Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Life music, food and a chance to mingle in their galleries. $15 in advance/$20 day of Info: crookedtree.org
March 24…Scovie’s 4th Annual Dinner & Movie Fundraiser 11a-9pm at Scovie’s in Charlevoix. Silent Auction: 11am to 9pm Dinner & Movie: 6pm Cost: $25 per person Seating is limited so please RSVP! Proceeds from this event support Hospice of Northwest Michigan. Info: 231-237-7827
March 21…Business Expo & Taste of Charlevoix 4-7pm at Castle Farms. Visit with area businesses, sample local specialties. $5 admission. Info: charlevoix.org
March 31…31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Cooperation Park, Indian River. Info: irchamber.com
March 31…Easter Carnival noon at Cheboygan Area High School. The doors will open at noon, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos in the auditorium, and there will be carnival style games in the cafeteria! The first egg drop will be at 12:45pm for ages 0-3, then 4-6, and 7-12. Admission will be $1 per child, adults get in free. Admission includes photo op with the Easter Bunny, Egg Scramble & 5 carnival tickets, additional tickets are 5 for $1. Info: 231-420-2567
Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436
TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043
Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care. Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm. By appt 2 & 4th Thursday from 10a-2pm. Feb 28 10-2p by appt. March 9 10-2 by appt.
Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595
Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044
Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5. Info:bellairechamber.com
TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277
TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.
TFN…Every Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info: thevillagetc.com
TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives. Visit www.itcmi.org/healthcenters today.
First Thursday of each month, the Munson Grief Support Group meets from noon-1p in conference room B at Munson Heathcare Charlevoix Hospital. No charge. Info: 231-547-8569
TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242